Introduced to meditation and conscious breathing techniques at a young age, I began practicing yoga in 2001, a natural, albeit less competitive, complement to my sporty teenage years. After 8 years of a steady yoga practice, 5 of which took place abroad where I was studying (Art History & International Communications), traveling, working and living, I began training with Ashtanga-master David Hollander in New York City.
I enrolled in the New York Yoga Society’s accredited 200-hour teacher training at Ananda Ashram with the goal to not only deepen my own practice and expertise, from which I teach every day, but more importantly, to develop the scriptural familiarity and practical present-day skills necessary to transmit the teachings and empower others to access their constant selves, to experience the transformation that yoga engenders.
I’ve worked with many communities and age groups; from 3-year-olds, to middle-schoolers with the non-profit Bent on Learning in NYC public and charter schools, through to 85-year-olds, and I find great joy in connecting to the spectrum of personalities, bodies, styles and needs out there.
I’ve taught and trained seasoned tennis pros, work with contemporary NYC artists, and had the distinct honor to participate in the work of performance artist Marina Abramović for the 2011 MoCA Gala, brought yoga to Mexico City for the Micheal Bublé band, and organized, produced, and taught a benefit yoga class in cooperation with the famed music art photography gallery, the Morrison Hotel for the music-integration charity Guitars in the Classroom.
Traveling and the arts are a continual source of inspiration and engagement in my life and I seek to develop my teaching offering by incorporating writing, music, and cross-cultural references as complementary tools for healing, unification and self-discovery.
In 2011, my work was published in Volume I of The Poetry of Yoga, a ground-breaking book sourcing work from around the globe, resounding the voices of our generation’s yogis and poets. You can find some of my written work published at my site here.
As of October 2012, I have been traveling and deepening my understanding of (Bhakti) yoga in some of India’s holiest cities, specifically, Vrindavan and Mayapur. By the grace of wonderful connections with Raghunath Cappo and Radhanath Swami, I am able to learn from the source Supreme wisdom and truth. My infinite thanks.
I look forward to meeting and sharing this rich practice with you soon.
Get stronger where you can
Become softer when you must,
Because you know you must
To listen and hear closely,
An indispensable plus
Are you here to own your life
And commit to all the moments?
Or fuss and just watch it all go by
From the sidelines of too much unproductive silliness
The art is in discrimination
Knowing when to act,
To carry stillness with you
Reading signs and seasons from its map
Designing from smart fact,
Your life begins to shine
Feeling good about your choices
Can happen all the time
Just shifting your sights slightly
May align you with pure grace
Take a moment to invite it
And feel the power in your days
Alexandra loves people. Their stories, their idiosyncrasies, their wisdom. She tries to always see the good in the person standing in front of her. She aims to speak to that good, to awaken it with her attention and presence.